There might not be an NFL Draft analyst with a better resume than ESPN's Bill Polian. He was involved in the draft day experience throughout his 25 years as a general manager with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panther and Indianapolis Colts. Polian was a part of with one of the most famous draft day decisions in NFL history -- selecting Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf as the No. 1 pick for the Colts in 1998.
So this week during a conference call, Polian provided some insight on the Redskins' future quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
What does Griffin's running ability add?
Polian » "Let's first establish that RGIII is not Cam Newton. He will not run over anyone. He is a world-class sprinter, very quick. And out of the pocket, he will be a very dangerous threat. Not running over people, but outrunning defensive linemen who are trying to contain him. So make no mistake RGIII is a running threat, but in a different way than a Newton."
How will Griffin fit in the Redskins' offense?
Polian » "Well, think about RGIII running the Houston offense instead of Matt Schaub. When I was with the Colts, we saw that offense twice a year and it was all about rolling out the quarterback and presenting the defense with mismatches. It was well conceived and tough to stop. I have to think that with RGIII running things, opposing coaches facing Washington won't get much sleep."
How is Griffin as a passer?
Polian » "He is comfortable in the shotgun, but he also can play under center. The Redskins may have to work on his footwork there but nothing too tough. He can make all the throws you need from a quality quarterback, but what impresses me most is that he can be running, plant his foot and with a flick of his wrist throw the ball 55 yards on a line. That is something very special."
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